Land on a planet, pick up some rocks, leave before the solar system explodes. Oh, and don't die in the nightly robot attacks! Freaking Meatbags is a humorous real-time strategy game that's all about building a base, mixing meatbag DNA, then convincing those dolts to help you gather resources.
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Release Date: Feb 4, 2015
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"An odd game which dabbles in tower defense mechanics, and aggressive manipulation of the human genome. Hilarious, difficult, and undeniably unique."

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February 4

Last update and OFFICIAL LAUNCH

Hi!

As announced last week, the last update, aka the Philae Update, is now live!

  • Revamped DNA system with hundreds of alien/human combinations.
  • Seven new genes to get all splice-happy with.
  • Equip meatbags with jetpacks, hoverboards and... ROCKET LAUNCHERS!
  • Stick humans in towers to power-up the buildings. Because of science.
  • Overclocking ability lets you see the world in slow-mo.
  • Brand new boss that jumps around a lot. Shhh, that's all we can say!
  • Hidden zombie planet. Go ahead, try to find it.
  • Over 50 gameplay, sound and interface improvements.
  • An extra bullet point item, for FREE!

Freaking Meatbags is now 1.0, works in Mac and Linux, and is officially out of early access! Please team with all those squishy humans and fight aliens, especially now that the release promotion is -25% off!

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January 22

A lot of new things are coming!

Hi everyone!

We have some things to talk about!

New update

First, the next update will be huge, take a look at all those new features:
  • Revamped DNA system with hundreds of alien/human combinations.
  • Seven new genes to get all splice-happy with.
  • Equip meatbags with jetpacks, hoverboards and... ROCKET LAUNCHERS!
  • Stick humans in towers to power-up the buildings. Because of science.
  • Overclocking ability lets you see the world in slow-mo.
  • Brand new boss that jumps around a lot. Shhh, that's all we can say!
  • Hidden zombie planet. Go ahead, try to find it.
  • Over 50 gameplay, sound and interface improvements.
  • An extra bullet point item, for FREE!

But this new update is also the last big update, because ...

Release date

... Freaking Meatbags is coming out of Early Access on the 4th of February!! Thank you for your trust during those 8 months of Early Access, we hope you had and will have a ton of fun!

Weeklong Deal

To celebrate this, you may have seen that we are in the Weeklong Deals. Please gift it to all your friends! :D

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Reviews

“Prepare for jubilation and extermination, fleshsacks!”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“charming visuals and a cute hook make Freaking Meatbags an easy recommendation whenever it does hit virtual shelves - (on Early access version)”
Destructoid

“In the end, Freaking Meatbags is an amazing contribution to the indie scene....For being an early development game, Freaking Meatbags contains little to no glitches, and will continue to offer more content in future updates.”
7.5/10 – SpawnFirst

About This Game



Freaking Meatbags throws you into a futuristic world where robots have jobs, cephalopods aren't confined to a single dimension, and humans pretty much just stand around talking to themselves. As a lowly cleaning robot, your task is to gather precious materials from each world before the solar system goes kaboom. As soon as you land, you realize this gig isn't going to be as simple as you had hoped. During the day you'll scramble to gather resources, build structures and keep your base in good repair. But when it gets dark, get ready to fight. Those rampaging wild robots aren't here to have a knitting competition.

At least you're not alone in your daily chores. Fleshy, unintelligent and very unattractive human creatures live on these planets. You've discovered they're quite amenable to being told what to do, even if those tasks are as limited as carrying resources back and forth. Mix some DNA from a few different species, however, and you can breed humans with special powers. Like, say... laser beam eyes! A little mod here, a little hack there and they might turn out to be quite useful!

Features


  • Fuse alien and human DNA: Create hybrids with special alien abilities by mixing DNA from two different meatbags. A human is useful, but a human with a laser eyes, and a new pair of arms is even more useful.
  • Build offensive and defensive structures: Hold back the wild robot hordes while simultaneously pummeling them with lasers, missiles, bolts of electricity and your very own personal attack drones. 15 unique structures to create and upgrade.



  • Enhance your base with technology: Influence the battlefield and manage your base with nine different pieces of buildable technology. Need to heal yourself? There's tech for that. Want to build drones? Tech for that, too!
  • Motivate your meatbags: The humans usually do what you ask. Unless they're tired or bored or just plain apathetic. Fortunately there's plenty of alien biotechnology you can implant to give them a little encouragement.



  • Robotic enemies: Nobody knows where the wild robots come from, but they sure are well-armed. Eight unique enemy types that range from creepy crawly things to dashy explodey things.
  • Boss robots: Three sinister bad guys to take out with your turrets. One of them has a giant brain. How do you figure it got in there?
  • Multiple planets and environments to explore
  • Four alien species to encounter, chat with and steal DNA from
  • One giant trans-dimensional space squid


Philae Update

(February 2015)

  • Revamped DNA system with hundreds of alien/human combinations.
  • Seven new genes to get all splice-happy with.
  • Equip meatbags with jetpacks, hoverboards and... ROCKET LAUNCHERS!
  • Stick humans in towers to power-up the buildings. Because of science.
  • Overclocking ability lets you see the world in slow-mo.
  • Brand new boss that jumps around a lot. Shhh, that's all we can say!
  • Hidden zombie planet. Go ahead, try to find it.
  • Over 50 gameplay, sound and interface improvements.
  • New platforme: Mac & Linux.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Vista or higher
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D card with 512 Mo memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 210 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Stéréo
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D card with 1GB of video RAM.
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 210 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Stéréo
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Lion 10.7 or higher
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0 compliant with 512MB of video RAM.
    • Hard Drive: 260 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Stéréo
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X Lion 10.7 or higher
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0 compliant with 1GB of video RAM.
    • Hard Drive: 260 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Stéréo
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10+
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0 compliant with 512MB of video RAM.
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Stéréo
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10+
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0 compliant with 1GB of video RAM.
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Stéréo
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Nicley done.

Very difficult, but I really like it.

Something of its own.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
The gameplay is challanging as well as addictive. I love it!!!!!
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Freaking Meatbags is worth buying if you're looking for a tower defense and real time strategy hybrid, but don't mind the lack of difficulty. It is possible to play the game on a hard difficulty, but it felt like what normal should have been. The game will last you around 5 hours, with not much replayability once you finish the game.

There is a variety of robots, but they really only differ in how fast they move and how much health they have.

The DNA fusing of aliens and shop DNAs sounds like it has a lot of depth and it kind of does, but by the end of the game you just have two groups of meatbags with you, ones that make your towers really strong and ones that can mine really well.

If I gave the game an update, I would look into trying to make the game harder, or at least toning down the overly powerful boosting of towers that you can do.


A video showing gameplay during a later level:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAx_SpHPzOs

Follow my curator list for future early access game recommendations:
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Early Access Review
This game plays out like a cross between a tower defence game, and an rts.


Gather resources & turtle. With side missions where you control your commander unit.


Certainly something you should pick up if you have a love for TD's
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
This is a very fun little game with quite a bit of depth, persistent crew but it's marred with AI bugs that force you to restart a level (the characters cease to respond to orders).
Imagine a more tower defensy Command and Conquer where you WASD control the commander.
You WASD control a bot commander who is in a dire predicament for having been late to work by 0.01 seconds... yes it's quite goofy light hearted humor.
You command locals into mining resources that you then use to build defenses and other machines to save their lives and complete missions.
Whoever survived can be kept and deployed to the next level and that's important because each member of your crew level up to become mining expert/tower buff or can be gene-spliced with local aliens to get laser eyes.
On top of that your commander can gather attack drones that turn it into a mobile battle station.
It's a lot of fun and when the dev fixes the AI it will be a must buy.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Below you'll find both a written and video impression on the game
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMaLVm1Fau0

Freaking Meatbags is an interesting take on RTS tower defense. It has all the expected elements from the genre, but throw in the mixing of genes, creating whole new humanoid creatures with special traits like laser eyes, or an extra pair of arms, and you got some thing kind of special.

In Freaking Meatbags, you'll be spending plenty of time defending your base, but there is a character progression system as well. You'll be leveling up each of your worker, or "Meatbags", you can even equip a variety of gear to improve them, whether it be jetpacks to move faster, or rocket launchers to help you defend and attack. You can also buy and upgrade new devices to produce during missions, and even upgrade the ship that house your crew. Freaking Meatbags offers a variety of game mechanics to keep the simple idea of defending a base interesting, and deep.

Even with the number of things to min-max, and meta-game, Freaking Meatbags is pretty easy to understand and jump into. The tutorial levels are paced well, and speaking as a player who don't play a lot of games from this genre, I can say it didn't take too long for me to "get it". The game does a good job at balancing complex mechanics for the "hardcore" player, while keeping it simple that I think even "casuals" can get a lot of enjoyment out of.

Though the game is a lot of fun, it could use a better options menu. It's practically devoid of any settings out side of the very bare bones basics. There's also no other features, play mode, or multiplayer. The single player campaign is all you'll be getting from my experience. Luckily, the main campaign so far seems satisfying enough for it's asking price, for what's there, is really enjoyable.

Pros:
- Good pixel art style
- Great sense of humor
- Well balanced in accessibility and complexity
- The DNA system in this game is fantastic

Cons:
- Lacks options
- Lacks Features
- No multiplayer
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Early Access Review
It's Early Access but still a fun little game. It's a dynamic TD game where the map challenges you to use different strategies each time. Graphics are a bit dated but the gameplay is pretty good for a TD game. Lots of humor in the dialog which keeps things fresh. Picked it up for $10.99 CAD. Haven't had any bugs so far. Items are still gonna be implemented. 9/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Freaking Meatbags is a combination between adorable sci-fi, the terrifying fate of humans in the future, and really smooth gameplay. There are a couple bugs that could be fixed, a few spelling mistakes that made me feel like I was having an annurism, but the game overall is tons of fun. Wish there was endgame content, because once you beat the final boss there isnt a heck of alot to do.

Other than that, a good buy! Would recommend this if you have some time to kill, and traditional tower defense games are too easy and straight forward
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Gameplay video & thoughts below:

http://youtu.be/67TDg50CWrQ

Freaking Meatbags is a great mix of RTS and tower defence with a pretty good sense of humour. The ability to mix together DNA to create new "units" is pretty great. Mixing together humans and alien life to pick and choose what traits you want the new creation to have. Make some humans with this sole purpose of making your turrets better or make them faster at gathering materials. Very simple but cool idea. Having a great time with the game!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
I enjoyed playing this game. Freaking Meatbags brings something new to the Tower Defense genre.

The DNA mixing system lets you adapt your strategy from level to level. The recruiting system supports a wide variety of play styles. You can grind for upgrades and skill levels or advance for a greater challenge.

A fresh, rewarding experience. The humorous writing, catchy music, and clean pixel art are also a plus.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
This is one of the best strategy games I have ever played, it is addictive, funny and just all around fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Early Access Review
I've had this game for a bit know, and i enjoyed it . I only played 1 hour as of writing t his but I can say , if you like tower defense, this is a great game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
Another fantastic pixel game.Interesting designed background to rule and mix human as a robot.Hope soon to be completed and give me something to achieve.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
This game is fast paced, fun, and has an amazing sense of humor. It's definitely worth the buy.

Video Review:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xbhjcwtuSA

What is it?

Freaking Meatbags is a comination of a tower defense game and a real-time strategy. You will have to command humans to mine rescources or man your combat towers while evil robots come to attack you. The most interseting part of this game is the gene splicing. You ae not stuck with just run-of-the-mill humans. You can change them, taking traits from two different humans and combining them to make a more specialized human.

Pros:

-The sense of humor in this game is whitty and spot on. Every time I get an email (which act as a way of furthering the plot) I always find something to chuckle over.

-There is a massive amount of flexibility in how you design a human. I'm only half way through the game and I've found at least six genes and there are another seven in the shop. That leaves a lot of room for mixing and matching different genes.

-The game is nicely paced. It is a fast paced game that somehow keeps up that pace between waves of enemies. I always find myself down to the wire as I put the finishing touches on my defenses.

-The different enemies types are unique. Their not just the same enemy with different skins. This is a must have for a tower defense.

Cons:

-Missions where you are by yourself. *slight spoiler* There are missions in the game where you do not build towers. Instead you roam around a planet using drone guns to kill enemies. I don't find them interesting or fun. Luckily, they are over quickly.

Overall, this is a great game. It's whit is amazing and the gameplay backs it up. It is well worth a cheap $10 price tag.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
I had the pleasure of playing this game while it was still under development and it has come a long way since the beginning stages. This is an RTS of sorts, though I use that term loosely. As a robot trying to make its way from planet to planet, you’ll be using humans (meatbags) to gather resources and fend off other robots a la tower defense. You can purchase new towers and upgrades in between levels with some of the resources you'll collect along the way. While it’s not the prettiest game you’ll ever play, it has a certain charm about it. Further, you can splice meatbags’ traits to make new and improved meatbags via the DNA machine. This allows you to customize your workers a bit, though you can only bring so many with you to the next level. All in all, it's unique enough to be worth the price of admission.

Post-Release Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBJ5wg_iwEw

Early Access Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVbqCcY3Ir4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GcpqYItlYU
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
You can breed humans with 4 arms and lazer eyes! 11/5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
RTS, Tower Defense, Enslaved Humans...What more is there to say.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Pre-Release Review
Quite a fun little game. It has a good balance between tower defense and RTS. The storyline wasnt overly engaging, but the writing is fun and enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Disclaimer: review copy received from the developer.

Freaking Meatbags takes the idea of flesh creatures making/upgrading machines which is the status quo in RTS games and turns it on its head. This is not just funny; by turning the creation of new units into a matter of splicing desired traits together into a new person, they've created a whole different range of choices for players to make. The game feels unique even though the core of RTS gaming -- resource management, base building, and unit production -- are all present and still the focus of the game. Most of the missions are wave defense missions.

My full review is at IndieGames.com
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
10/10 Am enjoying the game I love it~. I was like.. It's only 10$.. i have the extra money might aswell as give it a go~ if i don't like it ohwell. but.. after playing for sometime i Love this game lots.~ If you like RTS/Tower defense Then you may Love this game.
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